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domestication

[də‚mes·tə′kā·shən]
(biology)
The adaptation of an animal or plant through breeding in captivity to a life intimately associated with and advantageous to humans.
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Domestication of animals began over 12,000 years ago and continues today (Jorgenson, 1997).
The achievements of even the most "primitive" cultures, say those of Neolithic man, embodied in the invention pottery, the weaving of cloth, agriculture, the domestication of animals, cannot have been primitive after all.
Ranging from the development of agriculture and the domestication of animals and plants at Mehrgarh to the breakdown of urban society, the core chapters of the book cover the key periods in sequential order.
As ancient humans began to manipulate their environment through hunting and gathering, domestication of animals, and the development of farming, they also began to represent this environment through art.
How did the domestication of animals and the industrialization of agriculture affect national health the last 150 years?
Scientists believe it probably first appeared in the human population with the domestication of animals and began to take its toll on humans as cities sprang up and sea and road routes were established.
McClure, Jochim and Barton (chapter 9) examine the domestication of animals in Valencia using the Ideal Free Distribution (IFD) model, a model that predicts the distribution of populations across habitats of changing quality.
If our understanding of early pastoralist sites is coloured by a belief that the domestication of animals was a one-sided development, of human initiation, into which other animals were passively drawn by human decision-making, then our understanding of the biotic processes and our interpretation of the excavated assemblages may be seriously misled.